Honorable Randy J. Dunn, President of the Southern Illinois University System,
Honorable Brad Colwell, Interim Chancellor of SIU Carbondale,
Mr. Jak Tichenor, Interim Director of the Paul Simon Institute,
Ms. Sheila Simon, former Illinois Lt. Governor and daughter of the late Senator Paul Simon,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Thank you for your warm welcome. I am grateful to Southern Illinois University for inviting me to be here.